• Court orders Trillanes’ arrest

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    Libel complaint filed by Mayor Binay upheld

    A Makati City court on Monday ordered the arrest of Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th in connection with a libel case filed against him by dismissed Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr.

    Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 142 Judge Dina Teves found probable cause to try the case and issued a warrant of arrest against Trillanes, according to Maricel Cairo, Makati RTC Clerk of Court.

    The senator was slapped with the libel complaint for claiming that two justices of the Court of Appeals (CA) received P50 million in exchange for issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping implementation of a suspension order against the mayor.

    Binay, in his complaint filed in April 2015, described Trillanes’ allegations as “malicious.”
    The Binay camp earlier said Trillanes could not invoke parliamentary immunity because he made the baseless allegations outside Congress.

    “Mr. Trillanes cannot cower behind the doctrine of parliamentary immunity. His malicious and scurrilous accusations regarding the fictitious bribery charges against Mayor Binay were made in public, outside the halls of the Senate,” Claro Certeza, Binay’s legal counsel, said.

    Certeza noted that Trillanes did not make the accusations during a congressional inquiry.

    “Moreover, it was not made in relation to the discharge of his functions as a senator. It is apparent that his motivation is to besmirch the reputation of the Binay family and destroy the integrity of the judiciary. He must be held accountable,” he said.

    Sen. Aquilino Pimentel 3rd said Trillanes has immunity from arrest when Congress is in session.

    However, if Trillanes fails to post bail by next week when Congress adjourns, he can be arrested.

    The Philippine National Police (PNP) said policemen will arrest Trillanes once the police agency gets a copy of the warrant.

    “We are ready to serve the warrant of arrest once we receive it. As of now we still don’t have a copy of the warrant of arrest against Senator Trillanes,” PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor said in a news briefing in Camp Crame in Quezon City.

    “We don’t have any choice but to serve [the warrant]to the accused [whether]he is a senator or a government official,” Mayor added.

    Trillanes said he is ready to face the charges filed against him.

    The senator’s lawyer, Reynaldo Robles, said his client will voluntarily submit himself to the jurisdiction of the court when he arrives from a trip abroad.

    “We have not received our official copy of the investigating prosecutor’s resolution, but if it is true that she [Judge Teves] recommended the filing of an information for libel in court, Sen. Trillanes will readily face the charges against him in court,” Robles added.

    “Unfortunately, Sen. Trillanes is on official trip abroad attending an international forum,” he said.

    The senator, Robles added, is considering filing a motion for reconsideration at the Department of Justice (DOJ).

    “Needless to state, this is without prejudice to the senator’s right to file a motion for reconsideration or even appeal said resolution to the Department of Justice, if warranted by the circumstances,” the lawyer said.

    Robles noted that he is confident that any attempt to intimidate his client will not succeed.

    “In 2003, Sen. Trillanes was jailed for exposing anomalies in the government. I believe he is ready to face any consequence, including facing malicious cases and possible imprisonment, just to let the people know the truth regarding the massive corruption in Makati,” he said.

    In a text message, Trillanes affirmed his readiness to continue his personal crusade to expose the truth about the massive anomalies in Makati.

    “If the Binay family believes that I can be intimidated and threatened from exposing them, they are badly mistaken. I will do everything I can to make sure that plunderers will not rule this country again,” the senator said.

    “Hindi ko hahayaan ang mga magnanakaw na mamuno ng ating bansa [I will not allow thieves to lead our country],” he added.

    WITH JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA AND ANTHONY VARGAS

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    15 Comments

    1. Eh di nakatikim ka rin. PNP chief yesterday said that the PNP will perform is duty and follow the arrest instruction of the justice court. Let’s see boss if your men can do to Trillanes like what they did to Mellorca- paglabas niya from the airport door biglang sunggabin na mga pulis na naka plainclothes and nakatsinelas. kaya ba ninyo?

      Today in the news, it said the the blue ribbon sub-committee submitted a partial report to the Senate plenary and recommended criminal prosection to the Binay father and son. Biglangbigla ano! Just after Trilanes was issued a warrant of arrest. Atsaka partial pa lang ang report eh may recommendation nang prosecution. Vendetta???

      I am not for anybody but play fair.

    2. “Hindi ko hahayaan”? So how about those who plundered the PDAF/DAP funds, hindi mo rin sila hahayaan? How about those who plundered the MRT? Indeed, it is really funny and hypocritical for this Anton Yu to be ranting those yakitty yaktty talks when he himself is the biggest spender of the people’s money in the senate as evidenced by COA reports. Paano ba “nanalo” ito na senator? Or is he another computerized senator?

      • Ito ang senador na H-A-M-B-O-G. Kung tutoo ang mga sinasabi niya bakit hangga ngayon ay wala pang warrant of arrest sa mga Binay. Sabi pa niya harassment daw ang libel case, ogag talaga ito eh ano yong ginagawa niya sa mga Binay? Hindi dapat maging senador si Trillanes. Ewa ko ba kung bakit ibinoboto pa itong gunggong na ito.

    3. opinionated na pinoy on

      The people of the world, who are keeping an eye on Philippine politics, are aware that money, tons of money can buy anything and everything to include justice. Money is a very powerful element that can work in mysterious ways that turns impossible into a favorable, to whoever has the cash. I think the Regional Trial Court (RTC) is located in Makati and the Binays’ have what we call home advantage.

    4. Trillanes abroad again? Is that what he thinks the duty of a senator is – to travel? I wonder how much has he spent on travel expenses this time. While incarcerated, he registered as the senator with the most travel expenditures. Can we just send him abroad and tell him never to come back?

    5. Ang tapang magsalita. Tingnan natin pag nakakulong na yan.

      By the way, nagbayad ba yan sa mga nasira nila sa oakwood and manila pen?

    6. “If the Binay family believes that I can be intimidated and threatened from exposing them, they are badly mistaken. I will do everything I can to make sure that plunderers will not rule this country again,” the senator said.
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      Witch one of Trillanes 55 consultants will he put on the case ? Will Trillanes use his house boy or his brother ? This guy Trillanes has a lot of nerve calling other people corrupt.

    7. Rodan Guerrero on

      Look who is talking? Trillanes could not even explain how he spent the highest amount for his consultancy funds which include his brother, driver and houseboy. This man, a mutineer is the most arrogant Senator I have ever seen. The Filipinos know who Trillanes is and that is the reason why he is in the Ocean Bed in the results of Vice Presidential surveys. What kind of elective officials do we have nowadays?

    8. Why don’t Binay and Trillanes just waive their immunity rights to face the courts. Binay will just keep on denying charges while Trillanes will say everything that is a common knowledge to all Filipinos that the Binays enriched themselves through corruption. When the Binays file charges against anyone, they will do it in Makati because most if not majority of the government employees are Binay dummies or followers. Any case that Binay files against anybody outside Makati will not prosper. Keep on praying to save the Philippines from the Binay family.

      • File a case against Binay just like Binay have done agaiinst this arrogant bopol senator. Hirap dto sa gunggong na ito puro dakdak wala naman mapatunayan. His brother is a a senate consultant earning as much as 80K a month?? Fucking hypocrite! This guy is a FRAUD